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Uruguay: UN concerned over bill benefiting human rights violators

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Five United Nations (UN) rapporteurs expressed their "deep concern" over a bill presented by one of the parties that make up the ruling coalition in Uruguay to grant house arrest to prisoners over 65 years of age.

This measure would benefit a group of people prosecuted and convicted for human rights violations during last century's military dictatorship (1973-1985).

"We would like to express our deep concern about the bill that regulates the automatic exchange of prison sentences for persons convicted of serious human rights violations and crimes against humanity," reads the letter signed by . . .

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